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David Ahern
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Hi, my name is David Ahern. My parents were native Rhode Islanders living in Ohio when I was born; they moved back about three months later and I've lived here my entire life. I grew up on the beach in Westerly but now live in Providence, a wonderfully quirky city with great food, arts, culture, and people. I love to travel and do so every chance I can, but when in Rhode Island, I'm probably reading, kayaking, hanging out downtown or on the East Side, or running with my dogs.

I chose URI for my undergraduate degree because it made the most sense for me academically, financially, and geographically. As an in-state undergrad, I was fortunate to be able to take advantage of the Centennial Scholar program to fund my tuition. I fostered a number of wonderful professional connections that placed URI high on my list of graduate programs. The opportunities to gain clinical experience in a variety of settings, publish professional literature, and work with respected authorities in the field were too good to pass up for another institution. Plus, staying in New England and being so close to beaches, Boston, and New York City was hard to turn down.

My academic path was a little convoluted. I came to URI as a freshman with interests in physics and English literature, and started exploring psychology as a way to better understand others and write more developed characters. Psychology fascinated me - I was hooked. I started graduate school with interests in forensic psychology, but found neuropsychology intriguing. Fortunately, I found a way to combine both, thanks in large part to the flexibility of URI's psychology department. Graduate school can be harrowing, but my time at URI was a great experience thanks to the support of many faculty members and my classmates-an intelligent, motivated, and social group.

I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Brown University from 07/2009 to 07/2010, and stayed on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship through the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Apparently, Rhode Island can't get rid of me. I still work on research, as well as see patients for neuropsychological testing, provide psych coverage in primary care, and even do neuropsych house calls for elderly and/or disabled veterans. I have one year left here at Brown. I'm sure my next position will be just as exciting and challenging, and, thanks to my training at URI, I feel confident I can address the needs of patients and referring providers and make a difference for those I see.